Low rates of IBD in Indigenous kids

Indigenous children are around eight times less likely to be diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease than non-Indigenous children, researchers have found.

The IBD rate among Indigenous children was 0.56%, the researchers from the University of New South Wales and other institutions found. This compared with 4.13% in the non-Indigenous population.

“These data suggest that Indigenous Australians may have an unidentified resilience to developing IBD,” they said.

It was unclear if environmental or genetic factors

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